Honiton: Disruption on the rails continues after latest landslip

By Kate Baxter

22nd Nov 2022 | Local News

The landslip (Credit: Network Rail Wessex)
The landslip (Credit: Network Rail Wessex)

A landslip that happened yesterday is still causing disruption to the railway network.

The landslip happened near Honiton and it means that trains must travel at reduced speed on all lines. 

Any trains running between Axminster and Exeter St. Davids are likely to be cancelled, delayed or subject to changes. 

Yesterday the line was blocked entirely. Today, significant work has been undertaken and the lines are open but at operating at a reduced speed. 

All trains running through this area will be delayed until the work is complete. 

There is a rail replacement bus running between Axminster and Exeter St. Davids. However, due to shortage of buses, passengers may be required to source their own taxi and then claim a refund via the South Western Railway website.

A statement from Network Rail Wessex said: "We're really sorry for the disruption caused down in Honiton. The extreme rainfall has caused a landslip which is preventing trains using the route.

"This is a really vulnerable area which is why the work we've been carrying out to prevent future landslips is so important."

What shall I do if I have a ticket?

If you have a ticket for a journey affected by the landslip, it will be accepted on the following services: 

- Great Western Railway services between Exeter St Davids and London Paddington (in both directions)

- Great Western Railway services between Basingstoke and Reading (in both directions)

- Great Western Railway services between Salisbury and Westbury (in both directions)

- London Underground via any reasonable route (for travel between London Waterloo and London Paddington

- Stagecoach routes 4,9,44 between Axminster and Exeter.


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